The artistic vision for Gulargambone continues…Window Way 2828 was developed as a main street beautification project that will saw a strip of historic shops receive a facelift and a fresh coat of paint. Local artists joined the team to create installations in the windows, including ceramic, metal, wire and paper sculptures. The artists include Alison Dent, Sam Wykes, Brian Campbell, Anna Kaineder and Ana Robson.
Pops of colour and an interesting sculpture window gallery has lifted the main street and make the disused shops attractive, purposeful and drive traffic into the CBD.
Gulargambone was in the midst of enduring dry conditions. This project helped to boost the town’s morale and sense of community, provide local employment as well as helping the local economy through tourists and visitors.
Window Way 2828 was launched with a community street party held on Saturday 13th July. The event was very successful with huge crowds attending and enjoying the installations and meeting and talking with the artists. There was also entertainment all afternoon including live painting with Sam Brooks, markets, live music, food vans, workshops and demonstrations.
As part of the project and community launch, a collective ‘Paint by Numbers’ activity was completed at number 32 Bourbah Street (the old Butcher’s shop). Students of Gulargambone Central School teamed up with Shannon Keane, an artist of Zest Events International. Shannon created a quirky and colourful collection of animals transforming the corrugated iron fence running along Bourbah Street and down the western side of Jean Walker Park. Shannon outlined the design on the fence with spray paint, and the kids filled in the design with the numbered colours, bringing the animals to life. They learnt about colour, composition, painting techniques and a bit about life as a professional artist in the industry.
Supervising teacher, Michelle Mills said it is fantastic for her students to be able to be involved in community arts projects like this. “To have the chance to work with and learn from professional artists is amazing, particularly for our students who live in a remote rural area,” she said. “The projects bring a great vibe to town, providing a talking point and help attract tourists.”
Shannon is a contemporary visual artist and illustrator based in Melbourne. He draws influence from the world of graffiti and street art that he was exposed to growing up in Melbourne. His style is packed with energy, and he brings humour and a big attention to detail and professional finish to his work. He loved his visit out west, and the country hospitality he received in Gular, as well as the other art attractions in town. “The towns great, so many people have heard about what we’re doing and have come down to check it out and say g’day.”
Window Way 2828 was presented by the Gulargambone Community Enterprises Co-Operative and funded by the Coonamble Shire, the Drought Assistance Program an initiative of the Federal Government, Festivals Australia as well as Gular’s Flying Ahead organisation.